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Opinion | Virginia needs to get it together

Opinion | Virginia needs to get it together

By Devi Ruia, For The Pitt News

February 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For these men to keep their positions would not only be an insult to the people of Virginia, but a terrible stain on the entire Democratic Party. All of them men should either resign or be removed from office.

Top 5 / Bottom 5: Las Palmas

Top 5 / Bottom 5: Las Palmas

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Las Palmas has a cult following on campus — but is there anything they could do that would actually cause them to lose support? Read more here:

Poetry | Reflections

Poetry | Reflections

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In her poem “Reflections,” Emily Pinigis looks at the world in a different way:

Cartoon: February 8, 2019

By Daniel Spack, Staff Illustrator

February 7, 2019


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Opinion | Online petitions: not always a useful form of activism

Opinion | Online petitions: not always a useful form of activism

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

February 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While a snow day seems a welcomed result of these petitions, making decisions based on a few thousand online signatures has much larger implications — students overestimate their influence and go above those with authority.

Editorial: Air quality concerns require stronger action

Editorial: Air quality concerns require stronger action

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The number of air quality alerts issued lately is cause for great concern. It feels as if we’re sliding backwards with our air quality, and this is something we absolutely can’t allow to happen.

Editorial: Trump defies bipartisanship for border fiction

Editorial: Trump defies bipartisanship for border fiction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Despite the triumphs made in the last year, Trump’s address only further displayed eagerness to use falsehoods to stoke fear and xenophobic anger to accomplish his political ends.

Opinion | Corporate and Afraid: An office survival guide

Opinion | Corporate and Afraid: An office survival guide

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

This Office Survival Guide will help you assimilate to office culture faster than you can type “please advise” at the end of an email to a coworker.

Opinion | Unpaid internships: When the costs outweigh the benefits

Opinion | Unpaid internships: When the costs outweigh the benefits

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Unpaid internships are a socioeconomic privilege. For students who depend on the summer months as time to gather funds to pay off loans or put food in the fridge, the unpaid internship is nothing short of a burden.

Opinion | We need to make the internet a safer place

Opinion | We need to make the internet a safer place

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

February 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Social media sites have developed into places where people build themselves up by tearing other users down, whether by demeaningly voicing an opinion or starting unnecessary fights. The internet must become a safer, more civil space if we expect our discourse there to be healthy and productive.

Editorial: Big Pharma must be stopped

Editorial: Big Pharma must be stopped

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

One company may be responsible for illegal activities that expanded and considerably worsened the opioid crisis.This kind of shameful opportunism must be stopped if we’re to have any chance at stopping a national health emergency of this magnitude.

Editorial: Northam’s racist photo is inexcusable

Editorial: Northam’s racist photo is inexcusable

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 4, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Northam is far too defensive of something that has no defense, and should immediately resign from office as the vast majority of his fellow Democrats demand.

Opinion | The immorality of romanticizing a serial killer

Opinion | The immorality of romanticizing a serial killer

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

February 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Rather than expose the actions of a psychopathic criminal, the movie is trending all over social media because of Bundy’s good looks and supposed charm.

Top 10: Reasons to cancel classes

Top 10: Reasons to cancel classes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

From time to time, we may have to cancel classes — and here are 10 reasons why.

Opinion | Decent, good and chaotic: a glimpse into life on the Port Authority 71C

Opinion | Decent, good and chaotic: a glimpse into life on the Port Authority 71C

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

January 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The public bus is an interesting gathering of Pittsburgh’s citizens, a demented family reunion featuring a wild cast of characters all wishing to achieve something and go somewhere.

Editorial: Pitt needs to handle the cold better

Editorial: Pitt needs to handle the cold better

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pitt needs a more formalized plan for cancellations due to inclement weather for the safety of its students and staff.

Opinion | Venezuelan crisis shouldn’t be US opportunity

Opinion | Venezuelan crisis shouldn’t be US opportunity

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

January 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even a cursory examination of regional history shows that in every case a regime far more authoritarian and oppressive than the preceding government took power through force and violence.

Opinion | US justified in recognizing Guaido as Venezuelan president

Opinion | US justified in recognizing Guaido as Venezuelan president

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

January 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The majority of the Venezuelan opposition and our allied countries in Latin America have also stated they will not support foreign military intervention in Venezuela, so that option should be off the table. Sanctions against state-run oil companies within Venezuela are a much better plan.

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If City leaders hope to try their hand at overturning decades of court precedence, City residents deserve to know more about their plan than waiting to “find out.”

Opinion | Bashing millennials is a risky move for Trump

Opinion | Bashing millennials is a risky move for Trump

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

January 30, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The last thing Trump should do is criticize a generation that could, and likely will, mobilize against him next November.

Opinion | As STD rates rise, more comprehensive sex ed is needed

Opinion | As STD rates rise, more comprehensive sex ed is needed

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

January 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With STD cases reaching a new high of 110 million in 2017, federal law needs to stop funding ineffectual education practices in public schools for the sake of the population’s health.

Editorial: Duke professor’s email is xenophobic, discriminatory

Editorial: Duke professor’s email is xenophobic, discriminatory

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Neely’s email, which implied that students speaking in a language other than English would be penalized, was uncalled for and xenophobic in nature. This isn’t the kind of thinking that should be welcomed or allowed at universities.

Editorial: Hosting Louis C.K. reflects badly on Pittsburgh

Editorial: Hosting Louis C.K. reflects badly on Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Louis C.K.’s presence in Pittsburgh — and the entire tour — was a mistake and an insult to women in comedy and in the audience.

Opinion | Gillette commercial deserves attention, thought

Opinion | Gillette commercial deserves attention, thought

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

January 28, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Gillette’s newest commercial poses a question that upset America’s men, even though it is one women face every day: Is this the best you can be?

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

By Leah Mensch, For The Pitt News

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Whether he is praised or criticized, the president is known for his tweeting. Donald Trump is not the only American who utilizes social media platforms to express political viewpoints, though.The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Trump sparked 61.67 million interactions among Fac...

Editorial | Pitt’s hazing report fails student safety

Editorial | Pitt’s hazing report fails student safety

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pitt’s failure to provide anything above what is required by law is a failed commitment to student safety.

Opinion | Ode to Rite Aid

Opinion | Ode to Rite Aid

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Staff Columnist

January 23, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Going to pick up a couple of items should be pretty straightforward, and with Rite Aid, it totally is. Activities like dodging the scaffolding beams as I walk down the sidewalk and watching all those white plastic tarps flutter in the wind are just business as usual in Oakland.

Editorial: Post-Gazette cartoons don’t speak for Pittsburgh

Editorial: Post-Gazette cartoons don’t speak for Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 23, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A string of editorial cartoons published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this past week may have left you scratching your head — and you’re in good company. Three cartoons drawn by Post-Gazette cartoonist Steve Kelley in the span of one week show a blatant disrespect for women and put into ques...

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pittsburgh’s proposed gun control ordinances were cobbled together by cutting and pasting pieces from ineffective and outdated laws. The results are policies that experts say have serious civil rights implications — without making the City any safer.

Editorial | Gallagher needs to pay it forward

Editorial | Gallagher needs to pay it forward

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Former Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg had a history of donating large portions of his retention bonuses to Pitt. It’s time Chancellor Patrick Gallagher followed suit.

Opinion | TikTok: time to use parental controls

Opinion | TikTok: time to use parental controls

By Josh Beylinson, Columnist

January 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While limiting a child’s access to social media will certainly provoke protest and complaining, in the long run, it is worth it and protects children from being taken advantage of.

Editorial: To protect Mon Valley, U.S. Steel must change

Editorial: To protect Mon Valley, U.S. Steel must change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Clairton Coke Works plant has a long history of pollution violations. With the health of local residents at stake, U.S. Steel must finally commit to improving the coke plant’s track record.

Opinion | Accurate, peer-reviewed horoscopes

Opinion | Accurate, peer-reviewed horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Do you use Apple Music? Do you enjoy it? Do you like to pop, and lock, and jam, and break? Reconsider this stance, Aquarius.

Cartoon: January 17, 2019

By Daniel Spack, Staff Illustrator

January 17, 2019


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While battle royale may be fun to watch, it needs a massive community to support it, lest it fall out of popularity. This spells a troubling future for the genre, if current gaming trends continue.

Editorial: Pitt is no place for hate

Editorial: Pitt is no place for hate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 17, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

We’ve all heard slurs that target a wide range of ethnicities, religions, genders and sexual orientations. But there is no place for this kind of language at Pitt or in Pittsburgh.

Opinion | Women’s March fails its principles

Opinion | Women’s March fails its principles

By Ana Altchek, Columnist

January 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

By eliminating a whole group of women from inclusion in the movement, the Women’s March is unfortunately succumbing to an equally harmful form of discrimination and inequality. No woman can write the story of another and the Women’s March has failed its commitments.

Editorial | GOP hard on King, soft on Trump

Editorial | GOP hard on King, soft on Trump

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Republican leadership likely hopes their actions against King will be seen as a genuine stand against white supremacy, not something done when it is politically convenient. The GOP’s silence on Trump says otherwise.

Editorial: Trump administration threatens women’s health care

Editorial: Trump administration threatens women’s health care

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 15, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Obama-era requirement that companies provide access to free birth control to employees seems to be temporarily safe from the Trump administration, but as always under this president, the fate of women’s health care still hangs in the balance.

Opinion | Schumer and Pelosi are hypocritical in fight for border wall

Opinion | Schumer and Pelosi are hypocritical in fight for border wall

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

January 15, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Schumer and Pelosi seem more comfortable with spending taxpayers’ dollars on useless projects rather than giving Trump 0.14 percent of the yearly budget to help prevent the illegal entry and re-entry of criminals

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Forgive Kevin Hart already

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Forgive Kevin Hart already

By Cammy Morsberger, Staff Columnist

January 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The best apology is said not with words but with action — Hart’s has grown and changed since his tweets years ago. His conduct indicates his regret, and it’s time that we forgive him.

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Nobody needs to forgive Kevin Hart

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Nobody needs to forgive Kevin Hart

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

January 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Supporting violence against gay children, even halfheartedly, is unacceptable. No one should have to teach a grown man in his thirties that saying or doing that is morally wrong.

Editorial: Democratic newcomers need to learn from 2016 mistakes

Editorial: Democratic newcomers need to learn from 2016 mistakes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 13, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If Democrats want to win back the White House, their presidential candidates need to learn from the last time around and not allow campaigning and rhetoric to get as ugly and intense as it did in 2016.

Editorial: Trump’s test of emergency powers

Editorial: Trump’s test of emergency powers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 was originally passed to provide a check on presidential power while codifying specific constraints under which presidents could declare states of emergency. Congress must enforce this intent.

Poetry | Veritas et Virtus

Poetry | Veritas et Virtus

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

January 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Senior Staff Columnist Delilah Bourque drew upon various syllabi from her coursework at Pitt to write this poem.

Editorial: The real consequences of Trump’s fake crisis

Editorial: The real consequences of Trump’s fake crisis

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Trump is both a hypocrite and wrong to blame Democrats for a lack of resolution to the shutdown, and the longer he blames others for a problem created entirely by himself, the more people he puts at risk.

Column | Veganism is not one-size-fits-all

Column | Veganism is not one-size-fits-all

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

January 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

No matter its health or environmental benefits, veganism is not a practical lifestyle for many Americans, and nobody has the right to shame anyone for their dietary choices.

Editorial: Trump’s border security the wrong answer to real problems

Editorial: Trump’s border security the wrong answer to real problems

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Donald Trump’s first prime-time address was his opportunity to make a case for his border security plan. Instead, it highlighted just how little Trump understood the problems he hoped a border wall would fix.

Opinion | Missionary training endangers other cultures

Opinion | Missionary training endangers other cultures

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

January 9, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Missionaries must respect the histories of other peoples and see their languages as more than gibberish. Failure to do so would only reinforce dehumanizing attitudes toward other cultures.

Editorial: Trump needs to compromise on wall

Editorial: Trump needs to compromise on wall

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 8, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Trump needs to put aside his ego long enough to agree to a compromise, or else the consequences of a prolonged government shutdown will be serious for many Americans.

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board released a letter calling for stricter gun control. But an apparent failure to properly research the subject led to a list of proposals that leading experts are reluctant to place any confidence in.

Opinion | Pa to Paris: Vignettes from winter break

Opinion | Pa to Paris: Vignettes from winter break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt News staff writers share how they spent their winter breaks and reflect on their time at home and abroad.

Opinion | New Year’s Resolution: Talk Politics

Opinion | New Year’s Resolution: Talk Politics

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

January 7, 2019


Filed under Columns

Just as our political identities have changed, we must radically transform the way such debates and conversations are handled. This key change in our approach to political discourse is the perfect resolution to ensure 2019 is better than years prior.

Opinion | 2019: New year, same me

Opinion | 2019: New year, same me

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

January 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Big goals don’t usually pan out. So instead of focusing on big changes that I’m not even sure will make me feel like a better, more interesting person, this year I made a list of fun and achievable goals.

Opinion | Self-care obscures altruism during finals week

Opinion | Self-care obscures altruism during finals week

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

Before you stress cry into your bread bowl at Panera then promptly throw on a face mask in the name of self-care, remember there are other ways to cope during finals season. One way to cope is through community care. Community care means students — after getting themselves to a place of relativ...

Opinion | If these walls could talk, they’d scream: a glimpse into life at Hillman during finals week

Opinion | If these walls could talk, they’d scream: a glimpse into life at Hillman during finals week

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

The students studying for finals in Hillman are fascinating creatures, plagued by insurmountable stress manifested as odd habits. They gather around power sources, lean back in their swivel chairs while staring up at the lines of fluorescent lights and occasionally fall asleep on the floor under the c...

Opinion | Students leave gift of stress management unopened

Opinion | Students leave gift of stress management unopened

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

The Cathedral commons and dorm rooms are filled with Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and dazzling twinkle lights, but students must survive finals week before they can truly “Deck the Halls.” During the week of finals, thousands of students spend countless hours holed up in Hillman Library while cr...

Opinion | Poem: Brightening Winter

Opinion | Poem: Brightening Winter

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Oh, what a magnificent time of year! The snow twinkles in the colored lights’ glow It seems everyone is warm, and without fear As they sit ’round the fire to watch the snow

Editorial: Tumblr’s moderation efforts miss the mark

Editorial: Tumblr’s moderation efforts miss the mark

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Tumblr admits its moderation efforts are not perfect and that the use of automated tools to identify adult content “versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale.”

Opinion | Trump must push out Venezuela’s dictator

Opinion | Trump must push out Venezuela’s dictator

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Only with more strategic sanctions and further diplomatic action against Venezuela’s dictator can the country become a democracy and give the right of self-determination to its citizens.

Editorial | Ruling protecting priest anonymity unfair to victims

Editorial | Ruling protecting priest anonymity unfair to victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 6-1 to keep those 11 priests anonymous. But the decision is only a victory for serial sexual abusers and self-interested church officials.

Opinion | Pitt sustainability initiatives insufficient

Opinion | Pitt sustainability initiatives insufficient

By Leah Mensch, For The Pitt News

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s clear that students, who actually have the power to make a difference, are falling short of the University’s high sustainability standards.

Editorial | Pittsburgh ordinance stifles community voices

Editorial | Pittsburgh ordinance stifles community voices

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Community voices in Pittsburgh lobbied for a seat at the table in city planning and development. The process to earn that seat is shutting them out.

Editorial | Denmark immigration policy inhumane

Editorial | Denmark immigration policy inhumane

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Denmark seemingly took a page right out of President Donald Trump's playbook on Friday, except far more severe — the Danish government will house rejected asylum seekers on a 17-acre island.

Opinion | Disney-opoly and the streaming wars

Opinion | Disney-opoly and the streaming wars

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While I absolutely love Disney and most of what it has produced, it’s dawned on me in recent years that the company feels less like a magical center of creativity and more like a capitalistic black hole — one that devours every intellectual property that makes money for it and spits out hollow, formulaic nostalgia bait.

Opinion | Recovering missionary’s body poses threat to Sentinelese people

Opinion | Recovering missionary’s body poses threat to Sentinelese people

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

December 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Retrieving Chau’s body poses a danger both to Indian officials and to the Sentinelese people, who remain some of the last uncontacted people on earth, which in anthropology means they live in isolation from the outside world.

Editorial: Ohio bills threaten reproductive freedom

Editorial: Ohio bills threaten reproductive freedom

December 3, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Ohio bills criminalize choice in a way that is pulling the pro-choice stance of the national conversation about abortion closer to a pro-not-getting-arrested-for-exercising-autonomy stance.

Editorial: Destruction of rape kits unjust to victims

Editorial: Destruction of rape kits unjust to victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A CNN investigation revealed that police agencies across the country have been throwing away rape kits, oftentimes before the statute of limitations is up. This is a terrifying reality for victims, who can no longer trust that the evidence they give will even be used.

Winter, the Oakland garbage pile of seasons

Winter, the Oakland garbage pile of seasons

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’ve walked past a smashed-up pumpkin loitering on the sidewalk in front of my house several times a day in recent weeks. It reminds me of two things looming on the horizon, both of which I hate to think about — I am surrounded by other people’s garbage, and autumn is over.

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Millennials are quick to scoff at old art forms like the theater organ — but young ’uns shouldn’t write it off quickly. Many theaters put a modern spin on old art, making it fresh and entertaining.

Editorial | Gab back online: a public safety hazard

Editorial | Gab back online: a public safety hazard

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gab was taken down last month after it’s ties to the Tree of Life gunman were revealed to the world — but it’s back up as of this weekend, which should alarm anyone who cares about public safety.

Editorial | Trump calls for state TV network: a dictator move

Editorial | Trump calls for state TV network: a dictator move

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The president believes the United States should form a state TV network — but such an endeavor would be a dangerous propaganda purveyor.

Opinion | Master Plan will fail Pitt students

Opinion | Master Plan will fail Pitt students

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

November 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt's Master Plan promises stunning renovations to the university's campus, but these changes fails to make up for exorbitant costs and inconveniences associated with construction.

Pittsburgh dodged a bullet with Amazon HQ2

Pittsburgh dodged a bullet with Amazon HQ2

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

November 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The deals offered to Amazon in both New York and Virginia could spell disaster to some of the residents in Long Island City and Arlington — and in some cases it already has.

Editorial: Trump fundamentally misunderstands role of justice system

Editorial: Trump fundamentally misunderstands role of justice system

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court Friday to fast-track the case of the President Donald Trump’s military ban for transgender citizens, an obvious overstep by the executive branch — and it’s not the first time the Trump administration has crossed this line.

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

By Anne Marie Yurik, Senior Staff Columnist

November 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even though Title IX is usually meant to protect the victims of sexual assault, DeVos' new plan, which tries to protect those accused over the victims, is a step backward.

Editorial: Troops not necessary to welcome migrant caravan

Editorial: Troops not necessary to welcome migrant caravan

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

An order from the White House gives these troops permission to use lethal force against migrants to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel. This is yet another example of the Trump administration’s inability to humanely and intelligently deal with immigration.

Ben Shapiro brings much-needed political diversity to Pitt

Ben Shapiro brings much-needed political diversity to Pitt

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Shapiro may be forceful in his arguments, but he’s a principled conservative who shouldn’t whip up the left into throngs of anger.

Editorial: How to handle relatives at Thanksgiving

Editorial: How to handle relatives at Thanksgiving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

While Thanksgiving dinner at your great-aunt’s house is not the ideal place to throw hands with your grandpa, there are ways of confronting loved ones without turning the conversation into a battleground whence your relationships may never recover.

Donate blood all year round

Donate blood all year round

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When mass tragedies strike, the prevalence of violence in our world resurfaces and the first impulse is to find a way to help. This is often why the influx of blood donations heighten around times that such unfortunate incidents occur.

Editorial: Trump wrongly blames forest management for fires

Editorial: Trump wrongly blames forest management for fires

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Unsurprisingly, President Donald Trump has once again proven himself incapable of appropriately responding to tragedy, resorting to victim-blaming and threats rather than promising to help with disaster relief.

Op-ed: University must follow through with divestment

Op-ed: University must follow through with divestment

By Hannah Bailey

November 16, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

While the creation of a Socially Responsible Investing Committee and its holding of a public forum does show a step in the right direction, whether the University follows through in actually reassessing the ethics of its investments remains to be seen.

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump’s initial response to the Pittsburgh shooting was to suggest the addition of armed guards in places of worship and a stricter implementation of the death penalty. Both of Trump’s suggestions model the behavior that they seek to prevent — the addition of more violence and death to society.

Editorial: GQ’s “Woman” of the Year cover insensitive

Editorial: GQ’s “Woman” of the Year cover insensitive

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The GQ magazine's "Woman" of the Year cover featuring Serena Williams has drawn the ire of fans on social media since its release. The stylistic choices completely ignore the important context of Williams’ history in the public eye.

Middle ground necessary for housing options

Middle ground necessary for housing options

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

House and apartment hunting in Oakland leaves many students on the fence about where they’re going to reside the following school year — especially since the neighborhood has come to offer a narrow selection of decent student housing opportunities at this time of the year.

Editorial: Proposed YAF lawsuit against Pitt unnecessary, harmful

Editorial: Proposed YAF lawsuit against Pitt unnecessary, harmful

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pitt levied a $5,546 security fee against YAF for hosting Ben Shapiro — and YAF swiftly threatened to sue the university in response. But the lawsuit would be a completely unnecessary publicity stunt.

House Hunters: Oakland Edition

House Hunters: Oakland Edition

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2018


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There comes a time in every Pitt student’s life when even grilled-cheese day at Market doesn’t make your on-campus living experience any less dismal. You’re ready to move on to bigger and better things. You’re an adult. You want to make grilled cheese yourself, whenever you want it.

Editorial: Peduto to release Amazon bid: too little, too late

Editorial: Peduto to release Amazon bid: too little, too late

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 14, 2018


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Peduto will release Pittsburgh’s Amazon headquarters bid on Thursday, but he should have done that a lot earlier. Pittsburgers deserve to know about major, local economic developments.

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

By Sandy Fairclough, Staff Columnist

November 14, 2018


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The transgender community won’t be silenced by the Trump administration's transphobic policies.

Eating to help the environment

Eating to help the environment

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 13, 2018


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A recent U.N. report on climate change shows we have only a couple of decades before we feel the serious effects of global warming. It’s more crucial now than ever to make environmentally conscious decisions — and those start on your plate.

Editorial: Heed Macron’s warning about nationalism

Editorial: Heed Macron’s warning about nationalism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2018


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The centennial demonstrated that a century hasn’t made foreign relations any simpler — in fact, we may be sliding back into old habits. And French President Emmanuel Macron made a serious case for the collective good at a time when the forces of nationalism are dividing the world in the same way they did leading up to WWI.

Editorial: Remember mental health of shooting victims

Editorial: Remember mental health of shooting victims

By The Pitt News Editorial

November 12, 2018


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Pittsburgh is still feeling the damage a mass shooting can have on a community. We’re tired of reading about it. We’re tired of writing about it. And we’re acutely aware, after having lived through it and after one person was a part of two of these events in the span of a year, that mass shootings have become a cultural problem that must be fixed.

The president who cried ‘fake news’

The president who cried ‘fake news’

By Kelly Loftus, Staff Columnist

November 12, 2018


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Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the media has quickly become a defining characteristic of his presidency. But this war against the media not only signifies a lack of respect for both the Constitution and American history, it represents a threat to one of democracy’s most basic fundamentals rights — freedom of the press.

Editorial: Attack on Acosta is an attack on all media

Editorial: Attack on Acosta is an attack on all media

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2018


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President Donald Trump’s administration has a history of attacking the press, but its most recent attack is alarmingly reminiscent of ways authoritarian countries like China treat the press.

Stigmatizing mental illness causes harm

Stigmatizing mental illness causes harm

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


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Everyone has had days when it seems people are just hard to be around. But you should not make anyone — especially those with hidden mental illnesses — the victim of your grumpiness.

Poem: Ode to my Juul

Poem: Ode to my Juul

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

November 9, 2018


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USB they call you, To which I am left speechless. Yet, I persist to puff you.

The GOP’s white nationalism problem

The GOP’s white nationalism problem

By Aaron Lindstrom, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2018


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One of the issues the Republican party focused on in these midterm elections was immigration — and Republican rhetoric on this issue continued to reveal how white nationalism is seeping into the party.

Editorial: Sessions’ resignation could curb Russia investigation

Editorial: Sessions’ resignation could curb Russia investigation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2018


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Wednesday's events showed a president who feels trapped by an FBI investigation that is slowly drawing to a close and a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.

Populism sparks high voter turnout

Populism sparks high voter turnout

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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Populist movements get people to the polls at home and abroad. This year’s historic midterm turnout is just one example of voters showing up to fight rhetoric they deem dangerous.

Editorial: Young people turn out: Pa. blue wave becomes tsunami

Editorial: Young people turn out: Pa. blue wave becomes tsunami

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2018


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Midterm elections are traditionally Republican dominated — but young people came out in full force this year, giving Democrats a badly needed win.

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